I often am asked, “should I put a third party portal in front of my Azure or multi-cloud environment?” They ask for a good reason, they want to achieve control of their cloud environment and help their organization to make good decisions. It often comes from organizations who have a self-service portal in their on-premise […]Read more "Reasons to Avoid Third Party Portals in Front of Azure"
As with most things, simplicity is a virtue when it comes to computing environments. How you establish your systems architecture in Azure is a structural foundation you’ll continue to build on for years. Keep it simple! As I discussed in the last post, don’t fall into the trap of thinking your existing, legacy architectural approach […]Read more "Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make Getting Started with Azure: #2—Building Your Architecture Like a Rube Goldberg Machine"
Chapter 3: Humanity Positively Impacted by AI Editors Note: This post is a part of a series on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. For the benefit of humanity, AI can prove to be the most important invention of our generation, if the strengths are appropriately governed. If you consider the innovation wave that AI is producing […]Read more "Ethics of AI – Chapter 3: Humanity Positively Impacted by AI"
The last several posts in this series have zeroed in on specific structural and technical pitfalls to avoid when getting started with Azure. In this post, let’s zoom out a bit and consider a mistake that’s more conceptual than it is technical—namely, that switching from an on-premises environment to the cloud will not exactly replicate […]Read more "Top 10 Mistakes of Getting Started with Azure: #3 – Using an On-Premise Model"
Chapter 2: The Definition of Artificial Intelligence Editors Note: This post is a part of a series on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. What is AI? Is AI essentially any machine computational process that takes an input and arrives at a probability? Does it depend on more? To have a fruitful conversation about artificial intelligence, we […]Read more "Ethics of AI – Chapter 2: Definition of AI"
The next pitfall to avoid in setting up your Azure environment is one that trips up many organizations. If you fail to establish clear naming conventions, you will limit your team’s ability to know what’s going on, find things, and understand and manage them. So don’t start naming things “Nathan’s test” or “Bob’s system!” Here’s […]Read more "Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make Getting Started with Azure: #4 – Naming Standards"
My last posts covered structuring, securing, and controlling deployment of your Azure environment. In the realm of safety and security measures, what comes next is developing a recovery and release strategy for cloud-based applications and servers. Let’s break this down into three pieces. First, assume re-deployability and DevOps are at every level. We talk a […]Read more "Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make Getting Started with Azure: #5— Ignoring a Recovery and Release Strategy"